The personal element is conspicuous in the Brazilian journalism, and for a considerable period of its history libellous attacks on persons, signed by professional sponsors, popularly called testas de ferro (iron heads), were admitted at so much a line in the best newspapers.
And his queen stood sponsors, Christine Antoinette Charlotte Desmares (1682-1753), was a fine actress in both tragedy and soubrette parts.
He was the son of a converted Jew, who took the name of Manin because that patrician family stood sponsors to him, as the custom then was.
At the baptism of his son George - " false, fleeting, perjured Clarence " - who was born in Dublin Castle, Desmond and Ormonde stood sponsors together.
Usually two sponsors made themselves responsible for the past life of the candidate and for the sincerity of his faith and repentance.